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In this photo taken on Friday, April 18, 2014, Guy Relford, an attorney specializing in gun rights, poses outside his law office in Carmel, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The nation’s largest gun-rights group, which officially opens its meeting of about 70,000 people Friday in Indianapolis, wants Congress to require that concealed weapons permits issued in one state be recognized everywhere, even when the local requirements differ.

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“The use of an image taken from the president’s visit to Colorado to meet with us after our children were killed in the Aurora theater shooting is an utter disgrace. And to insinuate the somber expressions were for anything other than their compassionate response to our heartbreak is beyond unconscionable,” the parents of four victims said in a statement. “Americans for Prosperity is exploiting our tragedy for political gain and this ad should be pulled from the air immediately.”

Charles Cummings, 68, left, and his son Alex Cummings, 34, witnessed the shooting inside the Cobb Grove 16 theater in Wesley Chapel, Fla, Monday Jan. 13, 2014.  They attended to the victim before he was flown to a Tampa hospital and later confirmed dead. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Will Vragovic)

“I can’t believe people would bring a pistol, a gun, to a movie,” Cummings said. “I can’t believe they would argue and fight and shoot one another over popcorn. Over a cellphone.”

This photo taken May 10, 2013 shows Cody Wilson holding what he calls a Liberator pistol that was completely made on a 3-D-printer at his home in Austin, Texas. Congress is extending a ban on plastic firearms that can slip past airport and school metal detectors and X-ray machines, a bittersweet moment for gun control advocates just before the first anniversary of the mass killing at a Connecticut elementary school. (AP Photo/Austin American Statesman, Jay Janner) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM

“The gun lobby still has enormous power in Washington — more, frankly, than I thought they still had,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who represented Newtown last year while in the House.

Senior Master Sgt. Robert Garrett, who was a supervisor and longtime friend of Master Sgt. Michael Landsberry at the Nevada Air National Guard's 152nd Airlift Wing, talks with reporters Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at a the air base regarding the shooting at Sparks Middle School that claimed the life of the longtime math teacher and coach the day before. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

Washoe County School District police revealed Tuesday that the seventh-grader brought the 9 mm semi-automatic Ruger handgun from his home, but authorities were still working to determine how he obtained it

Law enforcement personnel gather at the scene of a shooting at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev. on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. A student at the school opened fire on campus just before the starting bell Monday, wounding two boys and killing a teacher who was trying to protect other children, Sparks police and the victim's family members said. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Marilyn Newton)  NO SALES; NEVADA APPEAL OUT; SOUTH RENO WEEKLY OUT

SPARKS, Nev. | Students at a Nevada middle school were filing off buses and reuniting with friends on the playground after a weeklong vacation when the pop of gunfire shattered the morning calm. Children fled the campus for their lives before the first bell rang. Police said a Sparks Middle School student was the lone […]

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